On course towards accident-free driving

Volkswagen has set the goal of exploiting all potentials that contribute towards significantly reducing traffic fatalities as well as the sheer number of accidents. All of these activities are bundled under the company’s “Vision Zero” concept.Volkswagen-Accident-Free

In the development of innovative driver assistance systems, Volkswagen is pursuing this vision as systematically as it is the concept of piloted parking and driving. Focal points of research and development at Volkswagen towards this goal are: improved perception of the vehicle surroundings and events in traffic, assisting the driver in challenging traffic situations, improving the safety of vehicle occupants and others in traffic and avoiding accidents and serious injuries.

Along with assistance systems for pedestrian detection – which initiate emergency braking if the driver does not react in time – Volkswagen is also introducing parking assistants that enable automatic parking and exiting from narrow parking spaces via smartphone. Moreover, Volkswagen is also offering a look at systems that can navigate fully automatically through road construction zones and systems that assume steering control in a medical emergency and safely brake the vehicle to a stop.

Current innovations by Volkswagen Development engineers working in the area of driver assistance and safety systems are other steps on the path towards accident-free mobility. In the future, they will offer further relief to drivers and make car driving significantly more relaxed, and above all safer for driver and passenger – and continue to guarantee the driving fun that is typical of Volkswagen cars.

The accompanying document gives full details of Volkswagen’s latest innovations, including:

· Park Assist 3

· Remote control parking

· Trailer Assist

· Area View: 2nd generation

· Emergency Assist

· Construction site assistant

· Blind Spot Monitor

· CAR2X safety

· City Emergency Braking

· PreCrash occupant protection system




Intertruck offers winter maintenance advice

As the year progresses and we move into the winter months, workshops must begin to consider the forthcoming weather conditions and the specific requirements of the vehicles. The cold weather can lead to extended journey times, vehicles unnecessarily being off the road and there is added stress on drivers who have to cope with arduous driving conditions. Therefore, the last thing you need is further vehicle downtime as a result of winter related component failure. Continue reading

Abbey Logistics takes 10 DAF XFs

Fast growing Merseyside operator Abbey Logistics Group has put 10 new DAF XF105 tractor units and 15 Feldbinder dry powder tanks on the road to meet a contract it has secured with Lhoist UK, a leading producer of lime products.Abbey  XF105  2013

The trucks and trailers represent an investment by the company of over 1.5 million pounds and will operate out of Lhoist lime works at Hindlow near Buxton and at Kirkby Stephen in Cumbria.

Under the contract Abbey will carry both liquid and dry limestone in tanks and also palletised loads of bagged materials, providing Lhoist with a ‘one-stop shop’ for all its transport needs. Standardising on one type of tank and just two capacities – 48 and 56 cubic metres – has brought significant efficiency improvements enabling the entire operation to be handled with just 15 dry powder tanks.

Lhoist’s lime based products are used across a wide range of applications including in agriculture, the construction industry, for water treatment, in the chemical industry, and in food production. Each year the DAFs will cover well in excess of 100,000 kilometres delivering around 75,000 tonnes of these products to locations throughout the UK.

The trucks are DAF’s 6×2 FTP model featuring a mid-lift axle using smaller 17.5 inch wheels. This saves almost 400 kg in unladen weight compared to a mid-lift axle tractor with standard 22.5 inch wheels, enabling a payload of up to 30 tonnes to be carried in the low weight aluminium Feldbinder tanks, depending on material density. The tanks are discharged by means of a Gardner Denver XK18 high pressure screw type blower powered by a gearbox mounted PTO factory fitted by DAF.

Power for the 105s is from the 12.9 litre MX340 engine delivering 460 bhp (340 Kw) to give a power to weight ratio of 10.45 bhp per tonne. Along with 2300 Nm of torque, this will enable the trucks to comfortably cope with the hilly terrain of Derbyshire and Cumbria. An exhaust brake is also fitted to assist the service brakes during long descents, bringing an added element of safety and saving on brake wear. Specification of a 12-speed AS-tronic transmission also adds to safer driving and reduced driver fatigue.

The trucks feature DAF’s Space Cab, which offers a high level of comfort to the driver both when on the road and when resting. Air conditioning, an electric roof hatch, ample storage for wet weather gear and Personal Protective Equipment, and a wide and deep bunk provide a high quality working environment.

Dave Coulson, Commercial Director at Abbey Logistics, comments: “This is a major contract win for Abbey and it requires trucks that are reliable, durable and fuel efficient. Our considerable experience of the DAF product shows that these XF105s will deliver for us on all of these aspects as well as presenting a very professional image of our company both when on the road and at our customer’s sites. Good back-up is important too, and I am confident that the DAF dealer network will provide a high level of support and at times that work well for us.”

The trucks were supplied through Merseyside DAF dealer North West Trucks and came with a two year Repair & Maintenance contract to supplement the standard two year DAF warranty. The contract covers all routine servicing and six weekly safety inspections with the Kirkby Stephen based trucks being looked after by Solway DAF at their Penrith site and the Buxton based trucks at Imperial Commercials in Derby. Both dealers will undertake this work out of hours in order to ensure maximum fleet availability.



Welch’s Transport choose Renault

Impressive fuel returns and reliability has seen Welch’s Transport take delivery of a further two new Renault Premium tractor units. The new Premiums will service a recently extended contract for a major global customer, Ardex, as Welch’s Transport confirms that the Renault Premium is its ‘truck of choice’ moving forward. The two Renault Premium Route 460 6×2 trucks with Privilege cabs, were supplied through WTL Truck and Van Centre and join a 70-strong mixed fleet of Renault, MAN and DAF. Continue reading

Damac Transporters

Damac Transporters grows Renault fleet

Company expansion has led nationwide bulk powder distributors, Damac Transporters, to add a further 10 Renault trucks to its 38-strong all Renault fleet. The Renault Premium 460.25 6×2 tractor units, with Privilege cabs and Optidriver gearbox, were supplied through Renault Trucks distributor, Thompson Commercials Hull.

Damac TransportersThe trucks have discharge equipment and air compressors, supplied and fitted by WG Tankers Ltd. They will transport and distribute mainly cementitious powder products nationwide, for clients in the construction industry.

Cathy Plaskitt, Managing Director, Damac Transporters, says: “This latest order follows the purchase of 21 new Renault Premiums in 2012 as we continue to expand our fleet. The Renaults are competitively priced vehicles which have proven very reliable so far. They offer lower emissions and better fuel economy than many comparable units – we have definitely seen a significant improvement in our overall fleet fuel efficiency.”

She continues: “We have had a 100% Renault fleet since 2004 and have built up a good working relationship with the local dealer, Thompson Commercials. A major advantage is that they undertake all of our fleet maintenance at our depot, which minimises disruption and allows us to keep our fleet working as efficiently as possible.”

Based in East Yorkshire, Damac Transporters is part of the Damac Group. Established in 1976 the company specialises in bulk powder and cementitious products, from loading and shipping, to handling and transport. The company has an established fleet of specialised vehicles designed for the movement of dry bulk powders. The fleet contains dedicated road barrel tipping tanks, ISO modular pressurised tanks and tipping skeletal of all sizes. The company operates for blue chip clients in the food, cement and water treatment industries. Dama Transporters also acts as a UK agent for European companies specialising in the movemnt of dry bulk powders.

Volvo Trucks to run fuel efficiency workshops at FTA Transport Manager

At the Freight Transport Association’s Transport Manager conferences, which return during the autumn of 2013, sponsors Volvo Trucks will present an interactive workshop on the findings of their Driver Challenge competitions, highlighting fuel issues including empty running, engine idling and coasting. Volvo will be using interactive presentation tools to compare delegates’ expectations with their research results in order to inspire attendees to examine the realistic impact of fuel efficiency within their own fleet. Continue reading